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Reviews 172 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You can find apartments close to campus... However, you will pay the price for it and it won't even be good quality. Landlords know students want to live there so they don't really take care of the buildings.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Ottawa is filled with great restaurants. If you want to spend the same amount you would spend on campus, you will eat like a King!

3 College Senior

Administration: If you do what you got to do and don't get in trouble, you will have a great experience there.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties if that's what you are looking for. If you want to have peace and tranquility, don't opt for the residences.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Not a lot of scholarships, don't expect scholarships to pay your full tuition. However, there are options to get a couple thousands if needed.

2 College Senior

Campus Food: Not good quality food and very expensive for what you get.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The University of Ottawa is a great Canadian university combining the French Canadian culture with the RoC culture. You get to meet people from all around the globe. The quality of the installations and of the classes is stunning. I definitely recommend it !

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security on campus seems inefficient.. Too much focus on reaction rather than being proactive.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not many students are involved in greek life. Pretty positive vibes around it though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not very hype. Also the gyms are overcrowded

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's lots of housing geared to students off-campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food is OK. Either a few places close to campus or some pubs and restaurants in the Byward market

1 College Freshman

Administration: Extreme! in your business staff.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: A lot of entrance money.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Generally not good. They are planning to make improvements for fall 2015 but as of now crazy prices with horrible service for horrible food

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at Uottawa has been a nightmare. From the time I moved in... There is absolutely no organisation, staff are slow to help and seem unwilling to even do their jobs. The environment in Rez is disgusting, cleaning is rarely done and never properly done. All problems you have with the Residences are in their eyes your problem. Rez life staff seem to realise that students are young and can be taken advantage of and they do do so. Fees are added everywhere!

STAY OFF CAMPUS!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are ALWAYS Protection officers riding bikes around campus, or in their cars. If one isn't nearby on their own accord, the campus is at least being watched by cameras surrounding the blue emergency poles, which offer a direct line to Protection Services. If walking home late at night during the week, Foot Patrol is a service whose volunteers walk people home (within a reasonable distance and not past 2am). All dorms have security measures in place; you either require a card key if you're a resident, or need to have someone check you in if you're a guest. I feel very safe on campus, but slightly less safe when down near SITE or Colonel By (my courses don't need me to be down in that area often, so that may be my own unfamiliarity speaking). Occasionally laptops and things get stolen in the library, but that is peoples' own carelessness to blame, 9 times out of 10. Security officers also patrol in the library and there are cameras, but thiefs manage to slip past them.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Popular places to party include 1848 (campus bar), which has great drink specials most nights and good music. Otherwise there is the Byward Market with a myriad of places to drink and dance, ranging from Lookout (gay club) to Fat Tuesdays (with dueling pianos!). Or, there is even a ton of places on Bank St, which is a little further than the Byward Market but in a different direction. There are always taxis around, and OC Transpo drivers must give you a ride if you are drunk, so you'd be hard-pressed to find an excuse to drink and drive. Students' house parties often take place in Sandy Hill, which is a community of around 10 blocks full of students, so there is always something happening. I find the amount of partying to be disappointing, since I'm not into that, but for those who are, more power to them.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is a high presence of Greeks, including during club's week and hosting a variety of events through the year, especially philanthropic. I enjoy seeing the spirit. Although it isn't a huge part of campus life, it is nice to see them doing good things for the community. I look at Greeks in a positive light, as they are far from the stereotype, but I can't speak for others' opinions. No special housing is available, although many brothers & sisters live together as they are friends anyways.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people here are amazing.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are no worldwide sororities or fraternities here, just local ones. It's not really worth joining them. I think they are childish and immature, because they encourage alcoholism.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities could be improved, as could the attitudes of the athletic community. There is a limited availability of exercise equipment, and intramural opportunities are hard to find.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: This is a very tolerant university for the most part.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I missed the deadlines for significant scholarships because they were not communicated effectively, and the online application processes were awful. The scholarship criteria were vague.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Students feel safe, yet they do not feel deprived.

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Tabaret Hall Tabaret Hall Tabaret Hall is the main building of the University of Ottawa, housing the central administration, the Office of the Registrar, financial services, and administrative offices. This is the building that inspired the University of Ottawa logo, with its columned design and historic architecture.
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As soon as you step on campus, you fall in love with the iconic architecture of the University of Ottawa. Student life is particularly rich, from the very beginning, as Frosh Week starts the moment you move in. Events are lined up almost one after another, and immediately following Frosh Week is Clubs Week, as well as rush, where clubs, intramural teams, and Greek houses alike will recruit new members. The students at uOttawa are incredibly politically and socially active, and you can’t help but want to join in the action. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) plays a major role in fueling student involvement and enriching campus life, particularly with its outreach initiatives. Through residence life events, faculty/department events, club events, sporting events, and fundraisers, you really have to squeeze time for your academics!

Ottawa itself is a beautiful city, and the University of Ottawa is in the heart of Ottawa's downtown. Amazing restaurants and incredible nightlife await students who live for the weekend. Downtown Ottawa is also home to some of Ottawa's most historic and interesting attractions, such as Parliament Hill. The University of Ottawa's most amazing attribute is its bilingualism, making the city a very culturally engaging experience. The student population is incredibly diverse, and students of all faiths, ethnicities, and walks of life study at the University. As Ottawa is the political capital of Canada, students are exposed to exciting volunteer and internship opportunities with the federal government. The University of Ottawa is renowned for its bilingual research programs, being affiliated with more than 20 institutions and providing a wealth of opportunities for its undergrads. The co-op program is another fantastic facet of the uOttawa experience, offering bilingual, local, as well as international co-op placements. UOttawa is the place for opportunity!

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